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KDE Running On A GameCube

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the loony-bin-too-full dept.

GameCube (Games) 169

Bruno_me writes "Some of the folks at the GameCube Linux project have gotten KDE to run on a GameCube. There's a screenshot of what it actually looks like and what it should look like. This is the first real 'GameKube.' And of course, here is the original frame buffer (dd if=/dev/fb0 of=./kde.fbdump)."

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fyck (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684306)

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Re:fyck (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684313)

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Re:fyck (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684388)

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Re:fyck (-1, Offtopic)

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Wow. (4, Funny)

SmithG (688785) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684307)

This seems very useful.

Re:Wow. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684314)

Fix the time on the comment servers.... They are still an hour ahead... Lazy admins.....

Re:Wow. (5, Interesting)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684325)

On the keypad there is only A, B, C, and D, what about the rest? How do you type on this?

First step (5, Funny)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684334)

Scratch out the "C" and replace it with a "K"

Re:Wow. (4, Informative)

gustgr (695173) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684355)

Maybe with somthing like this [cube-europe.com] ?

Re: is there Knoppix for GameCube? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684690)

Xbox + emule + mame = "Nintendo emuleator"
GameCube + GameBoyAdvanced = "Sega gametor"

open4free © ;

Re:Wow. (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684440)

Well, there's the obvious "like a highscore table entry" method, or the "on-screen keyboard" method, and how about higher-speed methods for advanced users like chording? 4 buttons => 2^4 = 16 chords minus the 0 chord, gives 15 chords. defining each letter as a 2 chord sequence, that gives 15*15 = 225 2-chord combos, enough to cover a standard keyboard.

Re:Wow. (1)

wheany (460585) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684455)

Well, actually, you forgot the Z-button.

Re:Wow. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684468)

For the nitpickers:
The actual buttons are A,B,X,Y,L,R,Z,START, and the joystick, the "C-stick", and the directional pad.

Re:Wow. (3, Funny)

morten poulsen (220629) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684485)

Well, you could always:

bc
cc
cd
dc
dd

That should be enough to do serious work :-)

Re:Wow. (3, Interesting)

WWWWolf (2428) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684541)

No idea. SSHing in? Some weird "use the keyboard of some other host" X11 hack? Wouldn't surprise me the least...

...or since they need Phantasy Star Online to load Linux in, maybe they have hacked together support for the Phantasy Star Online keyboard [ign.com] (with GameCube stick acting as mouse)... no idea if this is true, this is just extremely hopeful, completely outrageous speculation about the will and capability of the GCLinux people =)

Still, I'd really want to know for sure, too.

Re:Wow. (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684575)

"On the keypad there is only A, B, C, and D, what about the rest? How do you type on this?"

More importantly, did they get copy/paste to work?

Re:Wow. (4, Informative)

OneHungLo (265284) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684606)

To enter text commands, just do an "ssh -l root 192.168.0.47" from the console on your PC. The default root password is "cube". Once you've done that, you can do pretty much whatever you want with it. Use apt-get to install links and BitchX, and you can brag to your friends that you're running a browser and IRC client on your Gamecube and typing through your PC.

It's not really useful for anything but Geek points at the moment, but GC-Linux development is coming along very quickly. There's already a hardware-accelerated video driver, and ALSA is working, as well as SDL and many more things. I wouldn't be surprised if in the near future, some kind of Mplayer-based streaming media client was written for GC-Linux, and it found a practical purpose as a way of playing MP3/Vorbis/Videos from NFS shares on a LAN. All the framework is there, it would just take someone to put it together.

Re:Wow. (1)

sewagemaster (466124) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684995)

On the keypad there is only A, B, C, and D, what about the rest? How do you type on this?


Well, up-up-down-down-A-B-A-B-C-D-start gives you...

"kakaroto!"

Re:Wow. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684389)

I'm still trying to figure out how to turn my computer into a gamecube.

I'll just be happy once my toaster starts making coffee.

Re:Wow. (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684432)

Offering you muffins isn't good enough?

Re:Wow. (1)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684572)

This seems very useful.


The gamecube was never useful.

Re:Wow. (1)

Jaruzel (804522) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684663)

Not True. It has 'Super Monkey Ball', which along with a few mates, and even more beers, it suddenly becomes The Best Console Ever!(tm)...

That is until 'Super Monkey Ball Deluxe' on the XBox next year.

In fact, now that I think about it, Monkey Ball arriving on Non-Nintendo Kit, must mean that even Nintendo are no longer interested in their own little purple creation...

Re:Wow. (1)

22 Acacia Av (826714) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684623)

Well, at last a screenshot of a linux "dist" that differ from the rest.

What is this kde.fbdump garbage? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684309)

Sorry, I don't speak fbdump.

Re:What is this kde.fbdump garbage? (2, Informative)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684407)

Photoshop will read raw data, but I have no idea what the dimensions or bitdepth of the image are. Post them here if it's applicable.

Re:What is this kde.fbdump garbage? (0)

imroy (755) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684658)

Lets see....
The file is 1228800 bytes in size. Looking at a hexdump, it looks like 16-bit data. Unfortunately 614400 has many integer factors, including most of the likely widths/heights. If it's for NTSC then it's going to be 480 lines high, making it 1280x480. Bit of an odd resolution. It's not divisible by 576, so it can't be PAL. It could also be 800x768, 640x960, 1200x512...

Damn, I can't seem to find anything to convert packed 16/15-bit RGB data. I'll have to resort to writing a simple Perl or C program to convert it to a more widely recognized 24-bit raw format.

Re:What is this kde.fbdump garbage? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684794)

Just open it as a 'raw' image file, 640x480x16bpp. You say you'll have to write a program specifically for this? Sounds like you are a true /. geek! :-)

Re:What is this kde.fbdump garbage? (5, Interesting)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684989)

Just open it as a 'raw' image file, 640x480x16bpp. You say you'll have to write a program specifically for this? Sounds like you are a true /. geek! :-)

Oh crap. I win the 'Geek' prize, then.

I wrote a really poor PHP program [hylobatidae.org] to do it - and ended up with a fairly uninteresting screenshot [hylobatidae.org] .

Okay, so KDE on a Gamecube is pretty useless, but it does show that the cross-compiler is working on complex software (even if it is just for a PowerPC), and that pretty resource-intensive software will work on the machine. Plus, I bet the people doing it have learned a lot in porting this stuff to work on an unfamiliar, undocumented hardware platform.

Now, port Linux to run on any generic Postscript printer! :-)

Re:What is this kde.fbdump garbage? (5, Informative)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684453)

It's a dump of the framebuffer console. To view it, you've got to run Linux with vesafb, for example. Just "cat kde.fbdump > /dev/fb0". You need to use the right bit depth and resolution for it to work though, and it's not specified.

Re:What is this kde.fbdump garbage? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684702)

"To view it, you've got to run Linux with vesafb, for example. Just "cat kde.fbdump > /dev/fb0". You need to use the right bit depth and resolution for it to work though, and it's not specified."

Reminds me of the saying...

"But Linux IS user friendly. It just is really picky about who its friends with." ;-)

Re:What is this kde.fbdump garbage? (3, Informative)

imroy (755) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684819)

(I'll post this one further up the chain after my last message was somhow modded "overrated" with no other mods)

Here's the technical details:
It's 640x480 in 16-bit 5-6-5 format. Big-endian of course (tripped me up initially on my x86 machine). The file is a dump of the whole frame buffer but only half is used.
Hope that helps.

You might be able to read it with Photoshop or something. I had to write a little C program to convert the packed 16-bit values into 24-bit ones. Then it was simple to pipe that through rawtopnm with some guessed dimensions. It's nothing spectacular, just a blank KDE desktop running with Ktip describing how you can minimize all windows with the desktop button.

MOD PARENT -1 IGNORANT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684858)

It's not garbage. You are ignorant. Quite a difference.

Now correct me if i'm wrong.. (1)

thegoogler (792786) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684312)

But didnt someone try this a few years back? and give up because of the disc drive as the only real data storage... and a few other things?

Re:Now correct me if i'm wrong.. (3, Informative)

Poltras (680608) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684416)

IIRC, they boot on NFS, since there is no real HDD on the gamecube. And it's more useful that way, since they don't have to burn a mini-DVD backwards every time they make a modification. What seems more a problem now is color management. :)

Re:Now correct me if i'm wrong.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684615)

At least it looks better than the /. IT theme ;)

Re:Now correct me if i'm wrong.. (1)

secondsun (195377) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684820)

Reminds me of an old joke.

When you play it backwards you hear the voice of Satan, but whats worse is when you play it foward you install Windows.

KDE is heavy (5, Insightful)

gustgr (695173) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684315)

Does KDE run smoothly on a 486Mhz PowerPC with 40mb of RAM?

Re:KDE is heavy (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684446)

Actually, it depends mostly on what theme you use. Many kde themes, including the current default, are gradient-heavy and slow, just as WinXP or MacOSX are mainly slow due to their graphical frills.

But a plain theme can be much faster, on KDE, GNOME, WinXP (MacOSX I haven't seen themes for, not to say they don't exist, I just haven't gone looking as I have no mac).

Re:KDE is heavy (1)

krymsin01 (700838) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684501)

Something like fluxbox would be a lot better I would think. My laptop runs fluxbox just fine, can play movies/etc, and it's a 500mhz 686 with 64mb ram. Not sure if the difference between archetectures would make much of a difference. Now, if I try to run KDE on my laptop it grinds to a halt. However, my laptop doesn't have the hardware accelerated graphics and memory that the game cube does. AFAIK, the project mentioned in the post has not exploited the graphics hardware to it's fullest potential, but if they get that running it will be a lot smoother.

Re:KDE is heavy (1)

esanbock (513790) | more than 9 years ago | (#10685067)

I run fluxbox on my Xbox. Even FCE is too slow. ANd it has a 700 Mhz processor, but only 64MB or RAM.

Re:KDE is heavy (1)

Carewolf (581105) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684618)

Increase the RAM to 128, and it should run smoothly. When you see kpersonalizer when first booting KDE set it to a slow CPU.

Re:KDE is heavy (3, Funny)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684680)

Oh okay, let me just call up Nintendo and tell them I need some RAM for my Gamecube.

Re:KDE is heavy (1)

phobos13013 (813040) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684671)

i say port over twm, really use the power of the gamecube graphics there :). JK, im a kde user when i go gui so just for the fun factor i hope they get this going.

486MHz? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684765)

Nice clock you've got there buddy...

Panasonic Q - Progressive DVD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684316)

It would be nice to get this running on my Panasonic Q. DVD support, and Nintendo control pad goodness. Might be able to finally play progressive composite output from the damn thing soon.

Screenshots (5, Funny)

rudib (300816) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684318)

So, the first screenshot is when you are sober and the second one is when you are on acid?

Re:Screenshots (4, Funny)

gustgr (695173) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684330)

when you are on acid?

This is the only way I can tolerate KDE.

Re:Screenshots (5, Funny)

metlin (258108) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684337)

<flamebait>

No, you definitely can't be sober if you're using KDE.

</flamebait>
:-p

Re:Screenshots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684489)

I know you were trying to make a joke but I'm really sick of these snide remarks from Gnome users. Have you actually tried KDE or do you just have an irrational prejudice from the QPL days?

Get over it, they're both mature desktops with their own niche.

Re:Screenshots (1, Insightful)

metlin (258108) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684522)

I do think KDE is a mature desktop, and so is Gnome. But personally I've been a long-time user of Windowmaker [windowmaker.org] - it's quite lightweight, fast and something I'm used to.

I have nothing against KDE, it's a really wonderful Desktop Environment that's come a long way from the QPL days, as you put it. Lighten up, it was a joke!

Re:Screenshots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684987)

but windowmaker is just a window manager, not a DE. GNUStep would be the conceptual equivalent of KDE or GNOME.

KDE:GNOME:GNUStep :: kwin:metacity:windowmaker

Re:Screenshots (3, Funny)

xxx_Birdman_xxx (676056) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684602)

Gee, imagine being KDE, squeezed onto the gamecube and starting up to present the welcome screen.. must feel like a druken waking up in strange location after a heavy night on the turps...

"Ooohhh.. my head.. that was rough... huh? how the hell did I end up in this place? and where are my correctly coloured pants?"

Well (4, Funny)

bburton (778244) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684319)

Well I'm convinced... if KDE can run on a gamecube, it must be better than Gnome.

laugh, its a joke

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684376)

It might be a joke, but KDE is still better than Gnome.

Re:Well (1)

ricotest (807136) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684463)

Don't you mean a Gamekube? :)

At least now I know why Nintendo always calls things 'Game Paks' and 'Memory Paks'. Their marketing department used to work for KDE.

Re:Well (1, Funny)

strider44 (650833) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684490)

that should be "kalls things 'Game Paks' and 'Memory Paks'."

Remember, there is no 'C' in KDE, so there obviously should be no 'C' in the english language either.

Re:Well (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684520)

> Well I'm convinced... if KDE can run on a
> gamecube, it must be better than Gnome.

Well KDE can run, but it can't hide.

Gnomes and elves are good at running and hiding. Right now, GNOME chooses not to be seen.

Practical uses? (0, Troll)

SimbaK2K (713315) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684320)

I can't see any real reason to mod my gamecube so KDE runs on it. Whats the real purpose? I can't see it working as any kind of server, you can't really connect anything to it, and its pretty pointless but very cool.

Re:Practical uses? (1, Insightful)

krymsin01 (700838) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684339)

You don't have to mod it, for one thing. You can use Phantasy Star Online + ethernet adapter and a program running on a networked machine to load code into the Gamecube.

Re:Practical uses? (2, Insightful)

Kethinov (636034) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684366)

Server? What use is a desktop environment on a server? All you need to run a server is a Linux distro and a TUI.

Re:Practical uses? (2, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684595)

"Server? What use is a desktop environment on a server?"

So you can administer it without having to memorize a bunch of badly spelt commands?

Perfect? No. Handy? Oh yes. At least if implemented correctly...

Re:Practical uses? (4, Informative)

mausmalone (594185) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684763)

(a) no modding involved, so in that respect it's really easy to get up and running. (b) Well, since they have mplayer running, you could use it as a network media player. I think if someone developed a front end specifically for gclinux that would let you specify a samba/windows file share in a .conf file somewhere, displayed the files in some user-friendly way, and then spawned mplayer when you clicked on one,... well that'd be nice. ... sadly, I don't know how to program squat on linux or I'd be all over that.

about the shots (4, Funny)

sla291 (757668) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684321)

Well, at least, we can say that KDE runs well on black&white TVs :)

But.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684322)

Does it run Linux? In Soviet Russia, the GameCube Plays YOU!...oh wait...I must be old here. Your mom.

Enquiring minds want to know (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684324)

Wasn't there a Centris starting to boot OSX a few weeks ago? Has it managed to get past the boot screen yet? Enquiring minds must know!

Re:Enquiring minds want to know (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684382)

From all reports yes it booted but the color map was broken on the x server so it didn't look really great. Here is what it looks like [danamania.com] . I think it took slightly less long than expected, only four and a half days.

Re:Enquiring minds want to know (5, Informative)

danamania (540950) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684466)

From all reports yes it booted but the color map was broken on the x server so it didn't look really great. Here is what it looks like. I think it took slightly less long than expected, only four and a half days.

nooooo. no no no.

The boot failed due to a byte-order issue with drive images made on PCs, and failed at the four and a half day mark. I'm not sure where you got the URL for the image, I can only presume once it was pasted on IRC it spreads everywhere :). That image is of the Centris display, but it's my Athlon's PearPC session merely using X11 on the Centris.

I'll have it booting sometime soon, just not this week :).

Re:Enquiring minds want to know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684591)

The screenshot simply appears to be a hosed colormap. Mozilla does it to me all the time on KDE, but everything else works fine. Anyone have ideas where and how to fix the colormaps on X?

Re:Enquiring minds want to know (2, Funny)

Fred Or Alive (738779) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684641)

The screenshot simply appears to be a hosed colormap. Mozilla does it to me all the time on KDE, but everything else works fine. Anyone have ideas where and how to fix the colormaps on X?

First, you must edit ~/../etc/foo/config/../x11/./ColMpS/knickers. Then you must kill the X Server with the Holy Spear of St. George, which is hidden behind the great mountains of Esrever. You must defeat many challenges, dragons, trolls and worse, British Rail. After defeating the twelve wizards, and filling in form K23462-D-246, you can then file your tax returns. After receiving second prize at a beauty contest, you will be able to restart the X server and watch it crash because you missed out a ^ on line 587.

I might've missed a few things, I'm sure there's a fiendish and deadly labyrinth somewhere as well, and probably a kernel recompilation as well...

Re:Enquiring minds want to know (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684660)

Actually, that effect is from running XFree86 in any color-mapped mode (generally, 8 bpp on most hardware) with any application that attempts to use more colors than there are slots available. Typically all the colors should be allocated to the active window when this happens, causing anything in the background to be "hosed" until that window is closed or otherwise gives up the colormap. I'm not sure why PearPC doesn't have the color map in this screenshot (perhaps the xterm behind it has the color map for some reason?)

Pong (0)

cuteseal (794590) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684332)

All good and well, but I have to ask the age old question... does it play pong? :)

Gamecube: pretty hard to hack (5, Informative)

phoxix (161744) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684353)

Unlike the Xbox or the PS2, there are no mod-chips for the gamecube. Nintendo did one hell of a job constructing this little machine.

The way to hack the Gamecube is somewhat interesting. Back in the days of the Sega Dreamcast, there was a game known as "Phantasy Star Online", which attempted to connect to a remote server to get and execute whatever code it got from the remote server.... grin :^).

When Sega ported the game to the GameCube, the exploit came with it. So what folks do is they load up Phantasy Star Online 1+11, run a "loader" on their computer (linux or windows). And have the loader on their computer send the gamecube whatever they want (home games, illegal rips, the linux kernel, etc).

This has been over-simplified greatly.

And note: some of you might be thinking about using this to play illegal copies of games. Don't bother. You end up needing to use a bazillion different loaders to load whatever game, and the network port of the Gamecube is limited to 10mbps, which makes many games unplayable.

Sunny Dubey

Re:Gamecube: pretty hard to hack (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684390)

Didn't the PSO exploit originate from the Xbox version? Something about the GC and (later) Xbox versions both using the same keys to sign downloads...

Someone got the key from the Xbox game and guessed that the GC version might have used the same one and it did! Sega messed up.

Re:Gamecube: pretty hard to hack (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684569)

Unlike the Xbox or the PS2, there are no mod-chips for the gamecube. Nintendo did one hell of a job constructing this little machine.

The problem has never been the mod chips, it's been the fact that Nintendo uses a custom media disc, not the CDs/DVDs that the PS2 uses, or the DVDs that the Xbox uses.

If the GCN could take commodity media, then I'm sure a mod chip would be forthcoming. However, Nintendo stopped you from getting to the point where a mod chip would be useful.

You do have to admire the fact that they, unlike Microsoft or Sony, managed to beat the piracy problem on the cube.

Re:Gamecube: pretty hard to hack (5, Insightful)

StillAnonymous (595680) | more than 9 years ago | (#10685034)

"You do have to admire the fact that they, unlike Microsoft or Sony, managed to beat the piracy problem on the cube."

And it answers the age-old argument that gets posed back and forth. You know, the "I wouldn't pirate games if they were cheaper...Games would be cheaper if you didn't pirate them"

Apparently the industry lied and games aren't made any cheaper even when they aren't pirated.

Re:Gamecube: pretty hard to hack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10685112)

Well... simply put there is no need to put a chip in a Gamecube to mod it. Without going into to much detail there is a branced circuit on the board when it is hard wired one way it's a US GC, when the other JP GC, honestly I am not sure if european games have there own circut. basicly the easyest way to play imports is to build a switch into that circuit.

Correction (3, Funny)

tempest303 (259600) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684357)

The story reporter got a link wrong - the screenshot ought to look like this [gnome.org] . :-P

(it's funny, laugh.)

mmmm trippy (3, Funny)

D3viL (814681) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684367)

maybe it's just me but I like the fist picture better, or maybe it's just the mushrooms talkin

Re:mmmm trippy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684394)

The fist picture eh? I hope you will preview that fist picture...which is more than I can say for your post. HA HA HA HA AHA AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Who (0)

Tracer_Bullet82 (766262) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684381)

kares?

I keed,I keed..

"original frame buffer" (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684408)

probably get modded down or troll for admitting i use IE6, but the FB link crashes it. maybe i'll be using that gamecube for my browsing soon..

applications? (1)

Jacek Poplawski (223457) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684425)

What applications can I run with GameCube Linux?
What about MPlayer? FireFox? Vim?
Do you know are they working on XBox/PS2?

Re:applications? (5, Informative)

apanap (804545) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684635)

Mplayer works fine [gc-linux.org] , and you can see some more useless screenshots here [gc-linux.org] . Snes9x [voidpointer.org] has also been ported, as well as a couple other emulators (MAME and some neogeo emulator for example). Other than that I haven't found much use for it except for the geek-factor, the memory is too limited to do anything heavy... But playing SNES games on the cube is pretty sweet though.

Re:applications? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684689)

What applications can I run with GameCube Linux?

Bash.

Don't you mean (-1, Redundant)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684426)

A game Kube?
Sorry, couldn't resist.

Re:Don't you mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684496)

ah, yes, that joke was made in the article.

But.. (-1, Redundant)

B2382F29 (742174) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684454)

..does it run linux?

Hey! (-1, Redundant)

gustgr (695173) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684478)



Can you imagine a beowulf cluster of GameKubes?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Re:Hey! (0)

sbeam.dk (827060) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684647)

A bewowulf Kluster :p

It's official (5, Funny)

Admiral Justin (628358) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684491)

It's official, Linux does run on everything, toasters, xbox, gamecube, your grandmother, robot cheney...

Re:It's official (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684758)

Ahh, but does Netcraft confirm it?

dd? (2, Insightful)

ezzzD55J (697465) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684505)

I wonder why people like to use 'dd' when it comes to devices. Without skipping, conversion, truncating, etc., (i.e., just naming an if= and an of=) dd is the same as cp, but trickier. (e.g., you can't use tab completion in the shell easily due to the if=.. syntax).

In short,

cp /dev/fb0 kde.fbdump
is exactly the same as
dd if=/dev/fb0 of=./kde.fbdump
but simpler and easier to use. No good reason to use dd..

Re:dd? (2, Insightful)

Famanoran (568910) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684539)

That may be true, but I for one like to set block sizes for copies, and block counts too... A block size of 256k is rather good for copying from CD's, for example.

Re:dd? (1)

ezzzD55J (697465) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684556)

Ok, you're right about being able to set block sizes, as cp might be more conservative with that than you'd like. However, I did qualify my 'cp=dd' statement by saying that they're only the same if you don't specify skips and truncations and whatnot, as cp can't do that. block is are part of that, even though they won't affect the result (it's just that the copying may be more efficient with a larger blocksize).

Re:dd? (1)

Famanoran (568910) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684571)

Sorry dude - my bad. :) Blind as a bat tonight, think I'll go to bed (being 1.43am).

Anytime... (5, Funny)

BaltikaTroika (809862) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684528)

The first screenshot is what KDE looks like when the Predator is using it.

In other breaking news... (1)

bizmark22 (823743) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684761)

Windows was finally made to run on a standard pc, after much tinkering and heartbreak. Screenshots to follow... What it looks like (ugly windows screenshot inserted here) What is *should* look like (beautiful linux screenshot inserted here)

I'll be impressed when.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684798)

They get Oracle to run on a TI99/4A

Re:I'll be impressed when.. (1)

compwizrd (166184) | more than 9 years ago | (#10684920)

Wasn't there an Oracle in Tunnels of Doom?

almost 20 years later, i can still easily hum the theme from when you are descending the stairs..

virtual (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10684818)

So... when do we have the first person claiming to run KDE on a GameCube emulator on his 486-33 MHz? Or runnning a GameCube emulator in the 486-33MHz emulator on the GameCube?

(Cry, I'm serious ;)
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